Scott’s ‘special’ squad

Date published: Friday, October 25, 2013
OLDHAM RL boss Scott Naylor has revealed that he hopes to sign more new players soon.
Of the 16 already on contract for next season there are three newcomers in prop Paddy Rooney, a young front-rower from London Broncos academy; half-back Brett Robinson from Oxford; and hooker or half-back Danny Whitmore, who returns to Whitebank after a season with Batley Bulldogs.
Said Naylor: “With a bit of luck they won’t be the last of the new boys. Hopefully, there will be others to come. They will add quality to the squad and they will fit in nicely with the players who have re-signed from last season and who I believe are a very special group of young men.
“Lee Spencer (assistant coach) and I have ideas and philosophies which we firmly believe in and which our players need to buy into, as most of them have done.
“Some players left during the course of last season and that was because they didn’t fit into the pattern of what the Oldham club stands for.
“Roughyeds players are not a spoilt lot by any means, but quality people work for the club behind the scenes and together those people try to make things easy for the players so they can do their best on game day.
“We’ve already got a good nucleus signed on and in anticipation of others to follow I’m more confident about next season than I ever was about 2013.”
Signings announced so far:
Forwards: Phil Joy, Danny Langtree, Sam Gee, Josh Crowley, Michael Ward, Paddy Mooney, Danny Whitmore, Jason Boults, Liam Thompson, Mark Hobson.
Backs: David Cookson, Mo Agoro, Dale Bloomfield, Brett Robinson, Lewis Palfrey, Tom Whitehead.